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Penguin jump in Antarctica
$8,050
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Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp Ortelius

12 Day Itinerary aboard Ortelius
  • Cross the infamous Drake Passage
  • Hike, kayak, zodiac cruise, & more
  • Camp ashore on the White Continent
  • Spot whales, penguins, and more
Activities:
Adventure Options, Camping, Kayaking, Photography Seminars, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Moderate
Join this adventurous 12-day expedition cruise, where the ship becomes your base camp for invigorating activities including snowshoeing, mountaineering, kayaking, camping, and exploring in zodiac dinghies. Experience Antarctica's other-wordly landscapes and distinctive wildlife up close and …
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Hiking to a summit with views of the glaciers below
$8,450
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Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp Ortelius

13 Day Itinerary aboard Ortelius
  • Cross the infamous Drake Passage
  • Hike, kayak, zodiac cruise, & more
  • Camp ashore on the White Continent
  • Spot whales, penguins, and more
Activities:
Adventure Options, Camping, Kayaking, Photography Seminars, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Moderate
Join this adventurous 13-day expedition cruise, where the ship becomes your base camp for invigorating activities including snowshoeing, mountaineering, kayaking, camping, and exploring in zodiac dinghies. Experience Antarctica's other-wordly landscapes and distinctive wildlife up close and …
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Walking in the harsh terrain
$8,500
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Antarctic Peninsula – Polar Circle, Deep South Discovery

14 Day Itinerary aboard Ortelius
  • Spot icebergs and glaciers
  • Visit a colony of gentoo penguins
  • Zodiac cruise among glaciers
  • See humpback and minke whales
Activities:
Adventure Options, Scuba Diving, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Board the Ortelius for a 14-day south expedition to the frozen continent, a land of icy beauty and bountiful wildlife. Embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, cross the Antarctic Convergence, spot your first icebergs near the South Shetland Islands, and reach the glaciated Antarctic Peninsula. Have …
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A whale comes up to say hello
$8,050
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Antarctic Peninsula with South Shetland Islands

11 Day Itinerary aboard Ortelius
  • Explore the volcanic S. Shetlands
  • Snowshoe, kayak, and camp
  • Visit magnificent Neko Harbour
  • Discover Cuverville Island
Activities:
Camping, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Experience some of the most dramatic landscapes on earth on an exceptional 11-day voyage aboard the Ortelius. Sail across the Antarctic Convergence and observe its magical wildlife such as wandering albatrosses, black-browed albatrosses, gentoo penguins, and chinstrap penguins. Explore the volcanic …
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A zodiac landing on remote shores
$5,050
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Around Spitsbergen - In the realm of Polar Bear & Ice

Spitsbergen Circumnavigation - 10 Day Itinerary aboard Ortelius
  • Discover unspoiled wilderness
  • Spot iconic arctic wildlife
  • Explore the arctic's landscapes
  • Watch for the elusive beluga whale
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on this 10-day voyage around Spitsbergen, where you have chances to see the King of the Arctic, walrus, reindeer, various bird species, and surprisingly beautiful flora. Aboard the Ortelius, explore the Arctic shores on this polar expedition cruise. Take in the history of the region with …
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A walrus relaxes on the snow.
$5,150
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Around Spitsbergen with Kvitøya

10 Day Itinerary aboard Ortelius
  • Visit Ny-Alesund
  • See reindeer, walrus, and whales
  • Climb Soraberget to view the icecap
  • Explore rarely-visited Kvitøya
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Join a 10-day arctic cruise to Spitsbergen including Kvitøya, an island dominated by an icecap, which leaves a small area bare of ice and snow.Have the chance to see the King of the Arctic, walrus, reindeer, various bird species, and surprisingly beautiful flora. Aboard the expedition …
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A polar landscape
$4,100
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East Greenland - Scoresby Sund, Aurora Borealis

8 Day Itinerary aboard Ortelius
  • Cross the Arctic Circle
  • View colossal icebergs
  • Visit Ittoqqortoormiit
  • Watch for Arctic seabirds
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Join this voyage to East Greenland – Scoresby Sund while cruising across the Arctic Circle you will be in the home waters of multiple species of whale. During the 8-day expedition aboard the Ortelius, spot huge icebergs as you journey into the largest and deepest fjord system in the world. …
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A sow and her cubs
$7,400
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East Spitsbergen - Arctic Academy

Science and Research specific - 10 Day Itinerary aboard Ortelius
  • Watch for Greenland and minke whale
  • Visits Stellingfjellet
  • Observe a herd of Walrusses
  • Watch Hornsund area
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This 10-day voyage is dedicated to science and research, with a group of scientists on the ship. The goal is to follow-up on the investigations which Dutch researchers began on Edgeøya in the 20th century. Passengers will be given the opportunity to share the experiences of the scientists, …
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Penguin photo opp in Antarctica
$13,500
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Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula

19 Day Itinerary aboard Ortelius
  • Get a taste of Falklands history
  • See four S.Georgia penguin species
  • Discover the South Orkney Islands
  • Set foot on the Antarctic continent
Activities:
Adventure Options, Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Experience all the best of the sub-Antarctic highlights on this 19-day Antarctic expedition. Meet at least six penguin species, visit Port Lockroy, and pay your respects at Shackleton's grave on this polar voyage to observe Antarctica and the South Atlantic Islands.This cruise includes four …
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Antarctic landscape
$15,165
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Falkland Islands, South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula - Solar Eclipse Voyage

20 Day Itinerary aboard Ortelius
  • Discover the Falkland Islands
  • Visit the abandoned Stromness
  • Experience the Solar Eclipse
  • Explore the Antarctic Peninsula
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Don’t miss the chance to see one of Earth’s most wondrous cosmic events in one of Earth’s most fantastic places! The total solar eclipse expected on December 4, 2021,will turn already-awe-inspiring Antarctica voyages into mind-blowing, truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. Though …
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Arctic Polar Bear
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North Spitsbergen - 82 Degrees North

8 Day Itinerary aboard Ortelius
  • Search for the King of the Arctic
  • Enjoy excursions in Zodiacs
  • Watch for Greenland and minke whale
  • Navigate through pack ice
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This 8-day scenic expedition cruise aboard the Ortelius takes you through North Spitsbergen. Trek around historic Longyearben, then join your expedition to the north of the island to take in the fantastically beautiful landscapes, the thousands of seabirds, and of course the star of the show, the …
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A sow and her cubs
$2,950
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North Spitsbergen, In Search of Polar Bear & Pack Ice

6 Day Itinerary aboard Ortelius
  • Search for the King of the Arctic
  • Enjoy excursions in Zodiacs
  • Search for seals, whales, and bears
  • Watch for Greenland and minke whale
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This 6-day scenic expedition cruise aboard the Ortelius embarks in the historic town of Longyearbyen and takes you through North Spitsbergen in search of the king of the Arctic: the polar bear. The experienced crew and on-board naturalists guide you through ice floes and pack ice to get a close …
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Polar bear in the Arctic
$3,950
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North Spitsbergen, In search of Polar Bear & Pack Ice

8 Day Itinerary aboard Ortelius
  • Search for the King of the Arctic
  • Enjoy excursions in Zodiacs
  • Watch for Greenland and minke whale
  • Navigate through pack ice
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Sailing along the pack-ice of North Spitsbergen, this Arctic voyage offers the best opportunities to spot the King of the Arctic, the polar bear. Sail to Raudfjord on the north coast of West Spitsbergen, a beautiful fjord dominated by spectacular glaciers and favored by the ringed and bearded …
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Glass-still waters around Spitsbergen
$3,950
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North Spitsbergen, In Search of Polar Bear & Pack Ice

8 Day Itinerary aboard Ortelius
  • Explore North Spitsbergen
  • Visit the Monaco Glacier
  • See polar bears at Hinlopen Strait
  • Visit St. Johns Fjord
Activities:
Hiking, Small Ship Cruise, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Start your North Spitsbergen cruise with a trek around historic Longyearben, then join our expedition to the north of the island to take in the fantastically beautiful landscapes, the thousands of seabirds, and of course the star of the show, the polar bear.
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Penguins and passengers
$27,400
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Ross Sea Antarctic Odyssey

Ushuaia to Bluff, NZ - 33 Day Itinerary aboard Ortelius
  • Sail along the Ross Ice Shelf
  • Visit the U.S. McMurdo Station
  • See vast Adélie penguin colonies
  • Follow the routes of past explorers
Activities:
Helicopter Tour, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This is your ultimate chance to sail to the southern parts of the Antarctic Peninsula, Peter I Island, the Bellingshausen and Amundsen Seas into the Ross Sea, visiting Shackleton’s and Scott’s huts, Mc Murdo Station, the Dry Valleys and Campbell Island Island. This 33-day voyage offers …
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Penguins navigating the icy slopes
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Ross Sea Antarctic Odyssey

Bluff, NZ to Ushuaia - 32 Day Itinerary aboard Ortelius
  • See vast Adélie penguin colonies
  • Follow the routes of past explorers
  • Visit the U.S. McMurdo Station
  • Sail along the Ross Ice Shelf
Activities:
Helicopter Tour, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This is your ultimate chance to sail to the southern parts of the Antarctic Peninsula, Peter I Island, the Bellingshausen and Amundsen Seas into the Ross Sea, visiting Shackleton’s and Scott’s huts, McMurdo Station, the Dry Valleys and Campbell Island Island. This 32-day voyage offers …
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Unforgettable shades of blue
$6,700
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Spitsbergen - Northeast Greenland

14 Day Itinerary aboard Ortelius
  • View the Northern Lights
  • Visit Ittoqqortoormiit settlement
  • Watch whale and seabird migration
  • Observe cathedral-like icebergs
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This 14-day voyage starts in Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen), sailing along the Northeast coast of Greenland and ending in Akureyri (Iceland). Approaching Greenland attempt to sail through the sea ice into Foster Bugt, making your first landing at Myggebugten. Beyond the old hunters’ hut (in the …
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Beautiful King Penguins
$11,300
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Weddell Sea - Emperor Penguin Voyage

11 Day Itinerary aboard Ortelius
  • Hike on Deception Island
  • Watch emperor penguins
  • Take a walk on pack ice
  • View seabirds in the Drake Passage
Activities:
Helicopter Tour, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
During this 11-day Antarctic voyage, explore the areas in or between the Antarctic Sounds and James Ross Island in attempts to observe magnificent scenery and emperor penguins on their way to the open water.Scenic flights and helicopter landings on tabular icebergs and locations otherwise …
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2020
EmbarksDays 
May 316North Spitsbergen, In Search of Polar Bear & Pack Ice
Jun 058North Spitsbergen, In search of Polar Bear & Pack Ice
Jun 128North Spitsbergen, In search of Polar Bear & Pack Ice
Jun 198North Spitsbergen, In search of Polar Bear & Pack Ice
Jun 2610Around Spitsbergen - In the realm of Polar Bear & Ice
Jul 0510Around Spitsbergen - In the realm of Polar Bear & Ice
Aug 0310East Spitsbergen - Arctic Academy
Aug 288North Spitsbergen - 82 Degrees North
Sep 0414Spitsbergen - Northeast Greenland
Sep 188East Greenland - Scoresby Sund, Aurora Borealis
Nov 0812Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp Ortelius
Nov 1911Weddell Sea - Emperor Penguin Voyage
Nov 2912Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp Ortelius
Dec 1013Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp Ortelius
Dec 2213Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp Ortelius
2021
EmbarksDays 
Jan 0311Antarctic Peninsula with South Shetland Islands
Jan 1319Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula
Jan 3119Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula
Feb 1819Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula
Mar 0812Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp Ortelius
Mar 1914Antarctic Peninsula – Polar Circle, Deep South Discovery
Jun 038North Spitsbergen, In search of Polar Bear & Pack Ice
Jun 108North Spitsbergen, In search of Polar Bear & Pack Ice
Jun 178North Spitsbergen, In Search of Polar Bear & Pack Ice
Jun 248North Spitsbergen, In Search of Polar Bear & Pack Ice
Jul 0110Around Spitsbergen - In the realm of Polar Bear & Ice
Jul 1010Around Spitsbergen - In the realm of Polar Bear & Ice
Jul 1910Around Spitsbergen - In the realm of Polar Bear & Ice
Jul 2810Around Spitsbergen - In the realm of Polar Bear & Ice
Aug 0610Around Spitsbergen - In the realm of Polar Bear & Ice
Aug 1510Around Spitsbergen with Kvitøya
Aug 248North Spitsbergen - 82 Degrees North
Aug 3114Spitsbergen - Northeast Greenland
Nov 1411Weddell Sea - Emperor Penguin Voyage
Nov 2420Falkland Islands, South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula - Solar Eclipse Voyage
2022
EmbarksDays 
Jan 1333Ross Sea Antarctic Odyssey
Feb 1632Ross Sea Antarctic Odyssey
Mar 1914Antarctic Peninsula – Polar Circle, Deep South Discovery
Max Passengers: 106
Ship Type: Expedition Cruise Ship

The Ortelius boasts more than 25 years exploring the polar waters of the world, built in Poland for scientific research. Named for Abraham Ortelius, who published the first modern world atlas, this 100-guest vessel provides an excellent way to visit the remote locations at the ends of the world in the Arctic and Antarctic.

Ranked in the highest ice class, it easily crushes through solid ice and pack ice, allowing it to visit otherwise inaccessible parts of the polar regions. Onboard, it features two restaurants with a diverse international catering staff, a bar, and lecture room where the expedition leader and team of guides will brief you on the day's activities. The ample bridge is also open to passengers. In line with many naturalist cruises, the main goal of the exploratory itineraries is to spend as much time ashore as possible.

Cabins are not quite luxury, but definitely comfortable. All rooms have private bathrooms and eithere a porthole or a window, and there are a variety of cabins to choose from on each deck.
Twin porthole cabin
Quadruple Porthole
4 quadruple cabins with bunk beds and private facilities (these can also be used as triple or twin cabins). Spacious outside cabins with a minimum of two portholes or windows per cabin
Triple Porthole Cabin
Triple Porthole
2 triple cabins with bunk beds and private facilities. These cabins are spacious with a minimum of two portholes or windows per cabin.
Twin Porthole on the Ortelius
Twin Porthole
23 twin cabins with portholes, private toilet and shower and 2 single lower berths. Spacious outside cabins with a minimum of two portholes or windows per cabin.
Twin Window on the Ortelius
Twin Window
10 twin cabins with windows, private toilet and shower and 2 single lower berths. Spacious outside cabins with a minimum of two portholes or windows per cabin
Twin Deluxe on the Ortelius
Twin Deluxe
6 superior cabins with lower birth twin beds, private toilet and shower and a separate day room. Spacious outside cabins with a minimum of two portholes or windows per cabin
Superior Suite on the Ortelius
Superior
1 suite with a double bed, private toilet and shower and a separate day room. Spacious outside cabins with a minimum of two portholes or windows per cabin.
Deck plans of the Ortelius
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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